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Re: NFC North (04.12.11 - 09.10.15)
« Reply #1320 on: March 27, 2015, 10:43:06 pm »
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New coach remains noncommittal on Jay Cutler's future

PHOENIX—John Fox is a veteran coach who’s made 17 moves throughout his career, coached the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl, and is now being counted on to turn the Chicago Bears into playoff contenders.

“I’ve been blessed to be in the tournament several times, but I haven’t won one yet. I’m in it for the love of the game. If they run me out of here, I’ll run out of here,” Fox said at Wednesday morning’s NFC coaches breakfast.

Fox entertained a crowded table of reporters by graciously answering every question posed to him.

What do you think of your rival, the Packers?

“I’ve known Mike McCarthy for a long time. They’ve done a tremendous job. They’re where they are and we have to catch up quick,” Fox said.

How quickly the Bears are able to catch up to the Packers will likely determine how Fox will be judged in his most recent career move.

Two major issues confront him: Fix the defense and improve the play at quarterback.

“I’d say he’d be first on the depth chart,” Fox said of Jay Cutler, who’s struggled in his career to make success match his considerable talent for throwing a football.

Cutler’s future with the Bears is the No. 1 concern among Bears fans and media. Is he the team’s future at the position? It’s a question to which Fox remains noncommittal.

“I’m going to watch him on the field, look at all the practice tape. We’ll evaluate that at every position,” Fox said when asked directly about Cutler’s future.

Reading between the lines isn’t difficult. For Cutler to remain the Bears’ quarterback, he must improve his play.

How long will it take to show improvement on defense?

“Great question. I got it from our board of directors,” Fox joked. “I think it’ll be sooner than later.”

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It is on defense, which is Fox’s specialty, the Bears are likely to train their immediate focus. They just signed free-agent defensive end Ray McDonald, and Fox talked about doing more work in free agency before the focus turns to the draft, where the Bears have the No. 7 overall pick.

“We’re piecing it together. There’s still a lot of work to be done in free agency. There are still a lot of good players that are signable,” Fox said.

The Bears compete in a division that boasts offensive stars, led by MVP Aaron Rodgers. You can’t beat the Packers if you can’t play defense.

“They haven’t had success. That’s why you’re there. It tends to be a little overnegative. Sometimes when you come in, there’s new light,” Fox said.

Fox is the new light in Chicago, just as he was the new light in Carolina and Denver. He’s a guy who turns losing into winning. That’s his reputation and the Bears are depending on it.

“It’s all an open competition. You have to start somewhere. We have to start with some kind of lineup,” Fox said.

The reconstruction of the Chicago Bears would seem to have begun.

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Re: NFC North (04.12.11 - 09.10.15)
« Reply #1321 on: March 28, 2015, 03:01:14 pm »



 It has to be proven on the field.


 What THE CHICAGO BEARS have never done in recent years ...


 is BEAT THE GREEN BAY PACKERS on such field.

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Re: NFC North (04.12.11 - 09.10.15)
« Reply #1322 on: May 06, 2015, 12:11:30 am »
NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears
Thumbs up. Only time will tell if the Bears properly evaluated the 2015 draft class. However, the front office seemed intent on correcting past mistakes. In 2014, the Bears drafted a defensive tackle (second round), running back (fourth round) and safety (fourth round). This year, Chicago took a defensive tackle (second round), running back (fourth round) and safety (fifth round). Look familiar? The best part of the Bears' draft is they resisted the urge to reach on players in the top three rounds. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions
Thumbs up. Pretty impressed overall with what the Lions did in this draft. They came in with a clear goal to revamp the run game and all of their offensive picks slanted toward making sure that happened. Defensively they filled needs at defensive tackle, cornerback and maybe, with Alex Carter, down the road at safety. Overall this has been a safe, smart draft for Detroit. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers
Thumbs up. The Packers were a few minutes and a couple of plays away from the Super Bowl last season, so it's not like this team needs instant help to contend. But if the Packers can get one of their two defensive backs -- Damarious Randall or Quinten Rollins -- to make some splash plays, and if third-round receiver Ty Montgomery can give a jolt to the return game, that might be enough. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings
Thumbs up. This draft could be tough to judge for several years thanks to the number of talented, yet unrefined, players the Vikings took. But they addressed two of their biggest needs on defense by picking Trae Waynes and UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, and tackle T.J. Clemmings could be a steal in the fourth round (though it’s worth keeping in mind that he fell as far as he did because of a foot injury). It might not be the kind of draft that delivers a major jolt to the roster in 2015, and there are a fair number of risks among the Vikings’ 10 picks. But the group, as a whole, has promise, and the Vikings touched on many of their needs. -- Ben Goessling

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Re: NFC North (04.12.11 - 09.10.15)
« Reply #1330 on: August 11, 2015, 04:41:25 pm »



 Otto,


 A new season begins,you don't have any choice but to follow along with it.


 We're gonna GETCHA !!  :D

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Re: NFC North (04.12.11 - 09.10.15)
« Reply #1331 on: August 12, 2015, 07:28:48 pm »
Hey Otto....

93-91-6  Enough said!